Grandma Jean’s Christmas Cookies

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3 cups All purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp Kosher salt
2 sticks Unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1 cup sugar
Large egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups Powdered sugar
2 tbsp Meringue powder
¼ tsp vanilla extract
8 tbsp water
Food coloring (optional)


  • fork
  • hand mixer with whisk attachment
  • rolling pin
  • baking pan
  • Oven
  • 2 whisks
  • ladle
  • piping bag
  • Bowls or cups
  • Step 1/12

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Step 2/12

    • 3 cups All purpose flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp Kosher salt
    • fork

    In a large bowl, mix (using a fork) flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • Step 3/12

    • 2 sticks Unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
    • 1 cup sugar
    • hand mixer with whisk attachment

    In another large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes until fully combined (and just before being fluffy).

  • Step 4/12

    • Large egg
    • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
    • hand mixer with whisk attachment

    Add egg and vanilla into the butter-sugar mixture. Beat to incorporate.

  • Step 5/12

    • Hand mixer with whisk attachment

    Add half of the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until combined. Add the other half of the dry ingredients until combined. The mixture should be crumbly.

  • Step 6/12

    Now, form dough into a ball and place on a slightly floured surface.

  • Step 7/12

    • rolling pin
    • baking pan

    Roll out the dough so that it is 1/4 inch thick. Use Christmas cookie cutouts and transfer cookies to pans fitted with parchment paper.

  • Step 8/12

    • Oven

    Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until browned on the sides.

  • Step 9/12

    • 3 cups Powdered sugar
    • 2 tbsp Meringue powder
    • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
    • 8 tbsp water
    • whisk

    To make the cookie icing, mix powdered sugar and meringue powder in a medium sized bowl. Add the water and vanilla extract and mix with whisk.

  • Step 10/12

    • Food coloring (optional)
    • whisk
    • ladle
    • piping bag
    • Bowls or cups

    Separate icing into different bowls or cups and color them with food coloring (optional). Then separate the different icing colors into different piping bags (not fitted with a tip).

  • Step 11/12

    Pipe on decorations to the cookies. Let cookies dry for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.

  • Step 12/12


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